Strawberry basil buttermilk scones

I still remember the first time I saw and tasted scones. I was eyeing the beautiful display of scones while ordering my bagel, contemplating if I should spend my extra couple dollars on a breakfast pastry. I was only about 12 years old at that time and had never experienced such a pastry. I gave in and bought the scone, only to be sadly disappointed. The scone was incredibly dry and lacked sweetness. From than on, I had no desire to ever buy a scone. Fast forward many, many years later and for some reason, I found myself craving a scone. With leftover buttermilk in the fridge and strawberry season still in action, I decided to whip up some strawberry basil buttermilk scones. Boy, have I been missing out on properly made scones! No longer am I objected to scones – these are a life changer!

strawberry basil scones

strawberry basil buttermilk scones

strawberry basil buttermilk scone

strawberry basil buttermilk scones

Strawberry basil buttermilk scones
Yields 16
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 3 cups flour
  2. 1/3 cup sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
  7. 1 cup buttermilk
  8. 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  9. 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
  10. 1 tablespoon buttermilk, for brushing
  11. brown sugar for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl from flour - baking soda. Add butter and mix using pastry cutter, a knife or your hands, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk and mix until just combined. Fold in strawberries and basil.
  3. Lightly dust flour onto work surface. Divide dough in half. Working with one batch at a time, shape dough into 3/4 inch thick circle. Cut into 8 wedges. Lay on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with other dough.
  4. Brush tops of scones with buttermilk and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
Adapted from Food Network
Adapted from Food Network
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**Helpful tips and common mistakes

With this basic buttermilk scone recipe you can make almost any variation. Other options include dried currants, blueberry rosemary, cheddar, figs, blackberry, etc. Use the ingredients you have in your kitchen or whatever fruits are in season.

When adding fruits such as strawberries, make sure not to add too much or else the scones will become soggy. I brushed the tops with buttermilk and sprinkled a good amount of sugar on top. Sprinkle sugar on top for a slightly sweeter pastry or omit it for savory ones. 

The scones do not rise much when baking so make sure not to roll the dough out too thin. I used my hands to mold the shape since some of the reviews of the recipe mentioned that it was difficult to roll out. 

strawberry basil buttermilk scones

Bake until the tops become golden brown and serve slightly warm. These strawberry basil buttermilk scones are incredible, especially when fresh. The scones are delightfully moist and light with just slight sweetness from the sugared tops. The strawberries and basil add freshness to the pastry and make them look as good as they taste. Hands down, the best scone I ever had!

strawberry basil buttermilk scones



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  1. I like that you combined strawberry and basil for a sweet-savory twist!

    • cma0425

      I had to make these extra special by adding in the basil – and it was definitely a good pairing!

  2. Christopher

    Great recipe with summery flavor. I pulsed the basil up with the sugar, which gave it a more subtle basil flavor, I think.

  3. Emily

    The notes say that there is not actually sugar in the dough but the recipe says to mix the dry ingredients from flour to baking soda (which includes 1/3 C sugar). Do you add the sugar into the dough or save it for the end? Thanks!

    • cma0425

      Sorry about the confusion there – that was an error. You add the 1/3 cup sugar in the dough and sprinkle extra sugar on top of the scones right before baking. I omitted that sentence to clear things up. Thanks for pointing it out!

  4. Mary

    Could you use frozen strawberries with this recipe? How would you change it if you do?

    • cma0425

      Yes you can use frozen strawberries. I would make sure to thaw them completely and chop them up a bit before adding it to the dough. Another great option would be to roast the strawberries and make a roasted strawberry buttermilk scone!

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